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Ghost Adventures: Castillo de San Marcos

In my very first blog I explained the reaction I’d had the very first time we drove by the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine: Here there be ghosts…

Well, if you watched Ghost Adventures on Friday, you saw they investigated the fort. And they did find paranormal activity.


The best footage was what appeared to be a lantern being lit on the ramparts. I’ve heard the rumors about the lantern man before, so it was neat to see them capture something that backed up the many claims surrounding that strangeness.


I was surprised there was no mention of the woman ghost rumored to haunt the Powder Magazine though. I’ve toured the Castillo de San Marcos three times. Every time I heard the story about the officer’s wife who fell in love with another soldier, had an affair with him, her husband found out and shut her away in the Powder Magazine where she ultimately died. I heard it from 3 different tour guides too, so I was surprised that wasn’t brought up for Zak and his team.


They also used a new piece of equipment I don’t recall seeing on any of their other shows before. I forget what they called it, but it reminded me a lot of the Telephone to the Dead. Except the GAC’s was smaller and also had these goggles Zak could wear.

They also explained how it worked, but I got confused. Something about it picked up activity and then translated it…the thing did “speak” a couple of times. I’m not sure if I quite buy this gadget…mainly because I just don’t understand how it works.

But if it’s real…wow. Then it’s got a lot of possibilities.

They also have this thing they call an EMF Pump. Basically it’s like a battery that generates EMF energy to “feed” ghosts so they can manifest.

Now that’s something that seems pretty useful. I’m curious if it helps save the battery juice of other investigative equipment like cameras, digital recorders, etc. that often get drained when ghosts are suspected of trying to manifest. Maybe we’ll find out on future shows.


Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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4 thoughts on “Ghost Adventures: Castillo de San Marcos

  1. I admit that the "new" piece of equipment they use is a total scam, but it did make for fun drama. It's really like a random generator. It has words in its bank and when you get a spike in EMF, it spits out a word. It's so vague and so ridiculous that it's useless as a real tool, but it made the show fun. I wish they had a disclaimer at the beginning of the show that these guys are actor wannabes and not real ghost hunters and this is purely for fun and fear instead of evidence gathering, then they could use all the gismos and weird stuff they want and we could just sit back and get shivers without getting them confused with real professionals. For guys with so much equipment and cameras, they sure get little evidence. I just knew Zak had to bring chains. That guy is seriously warped. It's so fun to watch the show, I admit, and what a fantastic location for a real team to get down and dirty. I'll give the guys kudos for finding good places and for lots of drama and taunting. I'm not sure that taunting gets them anywhere. If you look at Jason and Grant in "Ghost Hunters" show (TAPS), they sit down and shoot the breeze and get conversations on EVP, so I think they've got something going there with their nonthreatening technique. What was that about drawing more flies with honey than vinegar??? Great post! That show was worth discussing.

  2. I like your "honey vs vinegar" observation! And something else you said switched on a lightbulb…them wanting to be actors rather than actual ghost hunters. I enjoy watching them, but I have to say there seemed something not genuine about them (esp, like you also brought up) when compared to Jason and Grant and their crew on GH. Also…that device they used…you explained how it worked so much better! When they explained it on the show I first went: "Huh?" followed by "Riiiiiight." Too bad they don't try to be real instead of hype!

  3. I watch the show for the locations and info about them. As far as their validity as ghost hunters; can you spell HISTRIONICS!!!

  4. Great comment, Dan. (A) Because of you're observations about them, and (B) Because i had to look up "histrionics." Learned a new word! (Which fits them perfectly!)

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